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Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes
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Mar 03, 2009

really liked it
Read in February, 2009

This was just a crazy fun book to read. Karnazes is seriously demented but I think he knows it, which is why it was so much fun. Also, as a distance runner - but not an insane one like Karnazes - I found it totally inspiring. It's too bad I'm currently nursing a running injury because it made me want to go and pound out a 10-miler the second I put it down.

I think what I liked best about the book was how self-deprecating Karnazes is about himself. He knows he's pretty much insane, he doesn't go for a lot of self-aggrandizement, and he doesn't shy away from the disgusting aspects that go along with running ultramarathons.

Oh, and the picture of him naked with the strategically placed South Pole is worth the price of the book alone.

This might be the highest praise I can give a book - by the end of it, I was thinking, gee, I might like to try to run an ultramarathon some day. Now THAT is crazy.
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Badschnoodles I felt like that after reading Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running! ;)

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